Astringent and warming
We use ginger to stimulate circulation, soothe aching joints, and relax tense muscles. Known as 'vishwabhesei' or 'universal medicine' in Ayurvedic practices, it has long been prized as a wonder ingredient, even being taxed as a precious commodity by the Romans.
Astringent, antispetic, and warming, this helps to boost circulation and is used by herbalists and aromatherapists to treat headaches, nausea, and rheumatoid arthritis for its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger oil contains the aromatic and antibacterial substance zingiberene, which gives the root its distinctive flavouring.
Ginger root is the edible part of the ginger plant, which is a distant relative of the banana and thrives in warm and humid climates. The plant grows up to three feet tall with stalk-less leavess flowers that are yellow-green and highly aromatic, but it is its roots that are used in medicine, food, and cosmetics.